““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Dassault Inks Deal with Minsheng for 20 Falcons
Dassault Aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding with China's Minsheng Financial Leasing for 10 Falcon 7X and 10 Falcon 2000S business jets. The deal, which the companies expect to finalize before the end of the year, follows firm orders for five Falcon 7Xs that Minsheng placed earlier in 2011 and an order for a Falcon 900LX. Some of these 7Xs have been delivered. Minsheng Financial entered into the aviation field about two years ago and has already signed for 90 business jets, not including those covered by the latest deal. Minsheng officials–who previously predicted they’d be leasing 100 business jets within five years–now expect to be leasing that many within two years.